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SF State faculty experts available to comment on Iran



Matt Itelson
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
(415) 338-1665



Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Range of expertise includes history, international relations, religion, culture

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2007 -- As Iran has become an increasingly hot topic in the news, San Francisco State University offers a range of faculty experts who can share with the media their knowledge of the country: its history, politics, foreign relations, religion, culture and more.

For additional assistance locating an expert, contact the SF State Office of Public Affairs and Publications at (415) 338-1665 or, or visit

Maziar Behrooz, assistant professor of history, is an authority on the history of Iran/Persia, Islamic history and Middle East issues. Behrooz, an Iran native who is fluent in Persian/Farsi, can be reached at (415) 338-1776 (office) or

Mohammad Azadpur, assistant professor of philosophy, is an authority on Iranian philosophical tradition, Islamic political thought in Iran, Islamic thought and ethics, and the history of modern philosophy. Azadpur, an Iran native who is fluent in Persian/Farsi, can be reached at (415) 338-3140 (office) or

Marshall Windmiller, professor emeritus of international relations, is an authority on incidents of terrorism (especially in the Middle East), intelligence agencies and U.S. foreign policy. Windmiller can be reached at (510) 891-8329 (home) or

Fred Astren, professor and director of Jewish studies, is an authority on Arab-Iranian issues, religion in Iran, Israel's concerns about Iran, Middle Eastern history, Israel-Palestine issues, Judaism and Jewish history, and Islam and Islamic history. Astren can be reached at (415) 338-3152 (office) or

Hafez Modirzadeh, associate professor of music, is an authority on world music, jazz music and cross-cultural aspects of music. Modirzadeh, an ethnomusicologist and professional jazz saxophonist, has studied American jazz and Andalusia Flamenco cultures in Spain, and their Persian and North African historical connections. Modirzadeh can be reached at (415) 338-3883 (office) or


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